Held by the Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP) every March since 1987, the Language and Learning Conference has provided the opportunity for over 3,000 teachers to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about writing and the teaching of writing. Centered on a guest speaker well known in the field of the teaching of writing, the conference also includes presentations by Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP) Teacher Consultants.
This year's keynote speaker will be Jim Burke (pictured left). Mr. Burke’s writing focuses on teaching English Language Arts as well as establishing and fostering adolescent literacy. He has published over fifty books and articles. His most recent publications are both through the Scholastic Publishing Company, The Teacher’s Essential Guide to Content Area Writing and Teacher’s Essential Guide to Effective Instruction.
The Language and Learning Conference has attracted as many as 450 teachers at one time to George Mason University for its all-day program. In 2006, The Language and Learning Conference was renamed the Bernadette Mulholland Glaze Language and Learning Conference, in honor of the conference’s founder, NVWP co-director Bernie Glaze.
The Northern Virginia Writing Project, a unit of the George Mason English Department, has been directed for over 30 years by English Department faculty member Professor Donald Gallehr, whose work with the project was recently featured in the Washington Post.